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Coming this fall: Angel’s Envy Bourbon

April 29th, 2010

Lincoln Henderson, retired distillery manager of Woodford Reserve and Old Forester fame, is back in the bourbon game with the Louisville Distilling Company. He’ll be coming out with a new bourbon this fall called “Angel’s Envy.” This picture is from their Facebook page.

Here is some additional information from his son, Wes Henderson, which he posted up on

“I am pleased to confirm the rumors about Angel’s Envy Bourbon, and before taking any additional detailed information to the public, it is important for me to come before this group and provide some details, as we are prepared to release them…

These are exciting times as Lincoln returns to his Kentucky Bourbon roots. The first expresssion, produced on our behalf, will be available in September for national distribution, but our approach is to take it slow, and let the bourbon speak for itself. And we think it will.

We have narrowed our location to 2 potential sites, and are making final decisions on our distillation equipment. The current plan is to incorporate pot stills and continuous distillation into our process, allowing us to maintain an artisanal capability (Dad wants to try a whole bunch of things) and still have the ability to maintain production demands. Production at our facility is expected to begin in September of 2010.”

It’s nice to see Lincoln back in bourbon! We wish him all the best!

11 Responses to “Coming this fall: Angel’s Envy Bourbon”

  1. Red_Arremer says:

    Whew! Look at that bottle– Nice or not? Also, is it nice or not that they have an image of a filled bottle before they’ve even begun distilling– Can you say “brand concept”?

    Lincon sure has some come confidence, saying that the bourbon will “speak for itself” before any has been made plus building in massive production capacity before any sales have taken place– quite a venture. But then, perhaps his confidence, and that of his investors, is justified by his great experience with American Whisky.

    • DavidG says:

      Red, just to be fair, the press release does state that they have product from another distiller. I do note that the bottle says that it is from the cellar of Lincoln Henderson.
      John, any idea where he sourced it from, mashbill and/or age?

      • Red_Arremer says:

        Yeah David, I see that:
        “The first expresssion, produced on our behalf…”

        but then what about:
        “We have narrowed our location to 2 potential sites, and are making final decisions on our distillation equipment.”

        Maybe they have some stuff now and later they’ll try to replicate it with some other equipment?

        • Neil Fusillo says:

          I imagine they’ve commissioned this release with specifications to be followed (as have done several distillers on occasion), and will use the proceeds from it to help keep themselves afloat while they churn out their own product which is likely to be similarly distinctive, if not completely similar to this release.

          • DavidG says:

            Similar to what Templeton Rye has done, and by being this upfront avoiding the subterfuge Chuck Cowdery accused Templeton of.

  2. Mike Dereszynski says:

    So ,pot stills and continuous distillation!
    Do I take the Versailles or Frankfurt exit? Sounds like BourbonFest will have another interesting bottle to look for and argue about its heritage!
    I’m looking forward to more “details” from the Hendersons.

  3. sam k says:

    Great news, and yes, it IS good to have Mr. Henderson back in bourbon. I have no doubt that he’ll be a playah!

  4. Wes Henderson says:

    Special thanks to John for mentioning our little project. Check back here for updates and follow us on Facebook at Angel’s Envy Bourbon.

    I continue to be humbled and amazed at the appreciation of Lincoln’s work over the years, and I can tell everyone with the utmost confidence that everything we are doing for this project is done with the understanding that we have huge expectations, and our goal is to exceed these expectations on every level.

    You will note that we have framed our release as the “First Expression” of Angel’s Envy. This is a very deliberate phrase we have chosen to put everyone on notice that we intend to exercise artistic license with this brand, within reasonable parameters. We believe that the true bourbon lover is able to embrace the nuances between “Expressions”, and believe that it is not necessary to shell out $80.00 a bottle for special releases, when we can do these things within the confines of our core brand.

    By way of releasing some information that is not yet in the public domain, we are preparing to transfer a portion of our first expression into sherry and port casks for finishing over the summer months. There are varying viewpoints on this practice, but at the end of the day, we know there is something special on the way, and John will be one of our first reviewers, so stand by….more details to come over the next few months.

    • Red_Arremer says:

      That’s the right attitude you have on batch variation versus limited editions, Wes. Also it’s great to see producers of what it seems will be relatively mainstream bourbon being bullish about extra aging in fortified wine casks.

  5. DukeB says:

    Maybe they’ll open up in Owensboro!!

  6. jaflaw says:

    When did Lincoln Henderson leave the company? Just curious because Woodford Reserve used to be one of my favorite brands. It hasn’t tasted as good for some years. I don’t know if it is the change in my palate or Mr. Henderson’s absence. I’m sure the Old Forester Birthday’s I love so much are his handiwork. I’m looking forward to the release of Angel’s Envy and wish the Henderson’s continued prosperity.

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